Last Sunday Peter was called, blessed by Jesus because of his profession of faith. He was called the Rock on which the Church was going to be built.
When Jesus starts telling the disciples that he will suffer in Jerusalem, Peter tries to stop him getting there.
One can understand Peter’s reaction! He loved Jesus, who would want his friend murdered!
Jesus’ reaction is quick, do not tempt me, get behind me Satan. You are an obstacle in my path.
Jesus was totally united with the Father. He trusted the Father fully, even if following His call meant that He would die.
Jesus took up His cross; the followers of Jesus also need to take up their cross and follow Him.
The cross can be so many different things for different people.
Looking after a sick member of the family.
Suffering from illness.
Employment or visa problems.
Suffering because of one’s faith.
Being ridiculed for one’s faith.
Being deeply hurt by someone you love.Etc.
Being a Christian requires taking risks in loving.
‘Sitting on the fence’, not making faith commitments, being too self-interested, taking the ‘easy option’ instead of the loving option, all leads to a cheat of oneself.
Following the will of God in our lives is the greatest treasure. It is what gives us meaning, it is about being fully alive!
My soul is thirsting for You, O Lord my God.
Our hearts are restless until they rest in God.
Indeed, it is like putting on a new mind, to think as Christ invited me to think!